Welcome to Dargle Local Living. Read more about us all under ‘Stories’ on the right. Watch a short film clip about us at: https://vimeo.com/41198821
Click on the pages above to see who produces what in our valley. Contact them directly to buy, barter or share produce. Or write a comment with your request or offer. Whoever is subscribed will receive your message. Tick the ‘Follow’ box to become part of our local living community.
The beautiful Dargle Valley, stretched out beneath Inhlosane, is home to many important ecosystems, including wetlands, grassland and mist-belt forests which provide habitats for endangered species and inspiration to local artists and crafters. From food to furniture and all sorts of fascinating things in between, everyone is proud to be part of this community where we support neighbours and friends in their creative endeavours – living local as much as possible. This means shopping for an antique teacup along the road, buying milk from Betty the cow on top of the hill, enjoying mindfully prepared meals in our restaurants and sharing seasonal veggies with neighbours.
In the Dargle there are plenty of folk who are perfectly happy to do without eggs for a few weeks while hens follow their natural cycles and don’t lay for a while. Others will wait patiently for Piccolo the cow to finish weaning her new calf Cello, forgoing the extra milk which would be just perfect for making yoghurt. Gathering wild Spring greens in the fields is an activity eagerly anticipated for much of the Winter. This is really what slow food is all about, not making unreasonable demands, taking only what is needed and being mindful of the entire process.
We are fortunate that our valley is home to many small producers of vegetables, trout, chicken, honey, cheese, herbs, pork, milk and eggs. Most homesteads have a food garden to supply their kitchens and share the surplus with neighbours. Local restaurants are committed to supporting local producers and using seasonal, organic food as much as possible, serving food that satisfies your taste buds and your conscience.
We recognise that it is necessary to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and the industrial food chain and many residents are committed to living as locally as possible. We plan to respond proactively to peak oil and climate change, and begin to build a better, low-carbon and more sustainable future for our community. Dargle Local Living is an initiative of the Dargle Conservancy. www.dargleconservancy.org.za
Slow Dargle Sunday
A perfect day not to leave the Dargle. Amble down to the Country Market at the Lion’s River Club between 8.30 and 11.30 on the first Sunday of every month. Stock up on all you need for a delectable lunch, catch up on the local gossip and share a coffee with a neighbour. The array of produce is nothing short of astonishing – from seriously free range eggs, lemon cordial, pickled cucumbers, spinach, lettuce, leeks, handmade cheese and artisan bread.
Read all about the October and November, January, February, May and July Markets, our Pumpkin Growing and Marmalade Making Competitions, Local Feasts and Celebrating Dargle Icons – under ‘Stories’.